Woman of the Year

On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:

The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Margaret Ouart, 26 Broad St, Fishkill, NY 12524 or Mary Lou Davis, 125 Andrews Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

Woman of the year Nomination Form>>


2019  Hon. Joan S. Posner

2018  Dr. Pamela R. Edington

2017  Mariel Fiori

2016  Krista Jones

2015  Mary Lou Davis

2014  Maureen J. Taylor

2013  Patti Peck

2012  Judith A. Lombardi

2011  Ann K. Armater

2010  Elizabeth Harrel

2009  Carole J. Wolf

2008  Eileen M. Hayden

2007  Diane Pedevillano

2006  Clara Lou Gould

2005  Eleanor Charwat

2004  Gail Webster

2003  Klara B. Sauer

2002  Anna Buchholz

2001  Margaret R Calista

2000  Ruth Stafford Peale

1999  R. Patricia Poggi

1998  Ceal Sommer

1997  Virginia A. Swartz

1996  Mary Moody

1995  Geeta Desai

1994  Gail Burger

1993  Gloria Rutgers

1991  Trudie Evangelou

1990  Marion "Chad" Patterson

1988  Earline Patrice

1987  Joyce Ghee

1986  Mary Lou Heissenbuttel

1985  Trudy Grundon

1984  Mary Keeley

1983  Helen Marchese

1982  Marie Tarver

1981  Patricia Braatz

1980  Lucille Pattison

1979  Dr. Eleanor Peck

1978  Marian B. Morse

1975  Ann Buchholz

1975  Bernie Fitchett

1975  Bessie Payne

1975  Dorothy Haight

1975  Edna MacMahon

1975  Frances Drace

1975  Margaret Race

1975  Hilda Bohmer

Patti Peck, Woman of the Year 2013

2013 Patti Peck

For the past 14 years, Patti's mission has been to serve those less fortunate. She "works" 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Her only "day off" is Christmas Day! Patti receives no financial compensation, and relies solely on the generosity of others and her own resources to allow her charity, "His Table" Ministries, Inc., to operate. This is an incredible feat, as she supports herself on her Social Security disability income.

A typical 5 - 6 hour day will find Patti collecting food set aside for her at 2 local supermarkets. Once her van is loaded, she visits and distributes this food to a variety of food banks, soup kitchens, churches, and homeless shelters. The value of each day's food collection is between $2,000 - $2,500, and her resources help out nearly 1,000 people a month!

Patti also provides for approximately 22 single mothers with 2 or more children and many senior citizens. For these families, she not only provides food, but clothing and furniture - especially baby items. Besides the material things that Patti brings to them, she also is there to listen and give advice.

Various local agencies have recognized Patti's selfless efforts. She has been named Volunteer of the Year by the American Red Cross (2010) and Citizen of the Year by the LaGrange Lion's Club (2002). Patti has received the Town of Wappinger Supervisor's Award and The Good Neighbor Award from Bugaboo Creek (2006).

Patti Peck is living proof that "One person CAN make a difference!"


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